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Rodney Williams scored 21 points and he Gophers never trailed after starting the game on a 12-0 run. Williams scored 16 points in the first half and has now scored 20 or more in his last three games.
Minnesota (21-14) advances to the quarterfinals at Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night. The Blue Raiders defeated Tennessee earlier Monday.
The Gophers expanded a 35-23 lead at halftime with a 15-2 spurt early in the second half. Andre Hollins hit consecutive 3-pointers and Andre Ingram’s putback with 12:22 remaining ended the surge and gave Minnesota a 56-33 lead.
Rion Brown scored 16 points for Miami (20-13).
“We started the game very lethargic,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “We never seemed to be able to generate any defensive intensity.”
The Gophers shot 58 percent as they converted 28-of-48 shots and out-rebounded Miami 41-26.
“I have no clue why we came out like that,” Brown said. “I can’t explain it.”